After a packed few days in Liverpool, National Buying Group has concluded its 20th anniversary Conference by revealing the winners of its Annual Supplier and Partner engagement awards. The awards were presented at a celebratory Gala Dinner which marked the buying group’s milestone birthday and raised an incredible £30,000 for the Rainy Day Trust.
Proceedings at the conference got underway the previous day with the organisation’s Supplier Summit. Featuring a line-up of engaging and informative speakers, NBG MD Nick Oates talked delegates through the Conference theme of ‘Strengthen Our Sales’ whilst also outlining the new NBG strategy for further engagement and growth.
BMJ Editor Fiona Russell Horne shared her thoughts on the importance of Partner and Supplier engagement, with key insight from some of the ‘most engaged’ NBG merchants, whilst Toolbank Group Account Sales Manager Chris Ridgeon discussed the ways in which all members of the Group can “work together to forge the best way forward.”
Futurologist and business intelligence expert Magnus Lindkvist then took to the stage to inspire the audience on how we can shape tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, NBG Partners and Suppliers took to the field at a very rainy Tranmere Rovers FC training ground for the annual charity football match to raise funds for the Rainy Day Trust. Full time saw a thumping 4-0 victory for the Supplier team…
Following an enjoyable Welcome Dinner to round off day one in style with plentiful networking opportunities, the second day of the event centred on a sizeable Supplier expo at the vast Exhibition Centre Liverpool complex on the banks of the River Mersey. Delivering “plenty of fun and games as well as all-important sales and networking,” the exhibition was hailed as a success by all involved.
Concluding the event was an extra special Gala Dinner to celebrate 20 years of NBG. Featuring seven ingenious courses of construction-themed dining, the focus of the evening was on the NBG’s annual Supplier and Partner engagement Awards, based on NBG’s product category groupings and Supplier votes respectively.
Supplier of the Year (more than £5 million turnover): Mannok
Highly Commended: TIMCO
Supplier of the Year (£1 million to £5 million): Toolbank
Highly Commended: Pavestone UK & Brett Martin Plumbing & Drainage
Supplier of the Year (less than £1 million): Joint-It
Highly Commended: Easy-Trim & Cheshire Mouldings
NBG PIM Supplier of the Year: Pavestone UK
Highly Commended: DART Tool Group
Tools & Workwear Supplier of the Year: Toolbank
Timber Supplier of the Year: ATA Timber
General Build Supplier of the Year: Mannok
Highly Commended: Soudal UK
Roofing & Insulation Supplier of the Year: Mannok
Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms Supplier of the Year: Altecnic
Highly Commended: QX Bathroom Products
Decorating, Hardware & Kitchens Supplier of the Year: TIMCO
Highly Commended: Symphony Group
Civils & Landscaping Supplier of the Year: Joint-It
Highly Commended: Pavestone UK
Brick & Block Supplier of the Year: Mannok
As voted for by NBG Suppliers, the ‘Partner Engagement’ Awards winners were:
Most Engaged NBG Partner (with more than ten branches): County Building Supplies
Most Engaged NBG Partner (with 1-9 branches): Collier & Catchpole
Most Engaged Supplier of the year award (with one branch): McNairs Building Supplies